Loyal Brown staying at Oxford United

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WAYNE Brown turned down an offer from overseas to re-sign for Oxford United out of a sense of loyalty to manager Chris Wilder.

The experienced goalkeeper signed a two-year contract with the U’s yesterday, which will see him combine playing duties with assisting coach Alan Hodgkin-son.

Brown was in no doubt about where his future lies, preferring to stay at the Kassam Stadium over an approach to return to club football in South Africa.

The 35-year-old spent a mixed season with SuperSport United, before Wilder offered him the opportunity to return to English football last summer, for which the goalkeeper remains grateful.

He said: “I had an offer to go back and play in South Africa, which was also a part-coaching role.

“But Chris helped me out last year, so I like to think I’m repaying him now.

“It’s worked out so I thought ‘the guy’s been good to me and I can’t really let him down by walking away from it’.”

Brown made just four first-team starts this season, reaching 500 career appearances in England, and will remain as back-up to Ryan Clarke.

The former Chester, Hereford and Bury stopper is not ready to hang up his gloves for several years, but is keen to take on more coaching – which will see him help develop young goalkeepers Max Crocombe and Josh Hill.

He said: “It’s a chance to progress on the coaching side, getting some help from Hodgy – I’m looking forward to it.

“I suppose it’s my apprenticeship really as a coach, it’s an ideal situation for me because I can still concentrate on play-ing.

“I believe I’ve got five or six years left in me to play and in the meantime I can build up the coaching until they want me to go full-time.

“I could play until I’m 40 easy, I’m quite a fit guy and you look up to guys like Brad Friedel and Mark Schwarzer – they’re athletes and you have to be lean and keep your head right.”

Brown missed the end of last season with a knee injury, but after a successful operation he expects to begin running again shortly.

The one remaining outstanding contract offer is for midfielder Adam Chapman, but Wilder is expecting a resolution shortly.

He said: “We’re hopefully trying to bring it to a conclusion within the next 24 hours.”

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1:21pm Fri 18 May 12

jonny1976 says...

Brown helped out by OUFC and stays loyal. Come on then Chapman your turn
Brown helped out by OUFC and stays loyal. Come on then Chapman your turn jonny1976

2:42pm Fri 18 May 12

dave from witney says...

jonny1976 wrote:
Brown helped out by OUFC and stays loyal. Come on then Chapman your turn
Agree 100%. I Think Brown is a really good bet. He seems quite prepared to back up and keep Clarke on top of his game, I think last year Clarkey improved because he knew there was an experienced man waiting in the wings. Of the few times I have seen Brown, he reminds me a bit of Brad Friedel, his positioning is first class, so does not need the acrobatic saves. A good steady pair of hands for any team.
[quote][p][bold]jonny1976[/bold] wrote: Brown helped out by OUFC and stays loyal. Come on then Chapman your turn[/p][/quote]Agree 100%. I Think Brown is a really good bet. He seems quite prepared to back up and keep Clarke on top of his game, I think last year Clarkey improved because he knew there was an experienced man waiting in the wings. Of the few times I have seen Brown, he reminds me a bit of Brad Friedel, his positioning is first class, so does not need the acrobatic saves. A good steady pair of hands for any team. dave from witney

3:25pm Fri 18 May 12

thame-yellow says...

I think he will be number 1 next season as clarke will be snaped up by someone . Hope not tho!!!!!
I think he will be number 1 next season as clarke will be snaped up by someone . Hope not tho!!!!! thame-yellow

3:25pm Fri 18 May 12

yellowhoods says...

A division 8 club in cambodia were interested, should have gone, better chance of promotion.
A division 8 club in cambodia were interested, should have gone, better chance of promotion. yellowhoods

5:16pm Fri 18 May 12

LeGod says...

Wow what a coup i bet your all so excited he's staying.
Wow what a coup i bet your all so excited he's staying. LeGod

5:19pm Fri 18 May 12

LeGod says...

Wait until June as i heard Constable will be on his way.

you heard it hear first.
Wait until June as i heard Constable will be on his way. you heard it hear first. LeGod

7:17pm Fri 18 May 12

DuberryandBeanofan says...

LeGod wrote:
Wait until June as i heard Constable will be on his way.

you heard it hear first.
Get Lost LeGod
[quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: Wait until June as i heard Constable will be on his way. you heard it hear first.[/p][/quote]Get Lost LeGod DuberryandBeanofan

10:20pm Fri 18 May 12

yellowhoods says...

I heard July, money talks I suppose.
I heard July, money talks I suppose. yellowhoods

11:20pm Fri 18 May 12

tws says...

I've heard Chappers is off to Rotherham, hope that rumour is off target, if it is, what the hell is going on????
I've heard Chappers is off to Rotherham, hope that rumour is off target, if it is, what the hell is going on???? tws

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